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Jul 9, 2011 6:00pm EDT
museum in grand rapids, michigan. >>> we turn overseas to afghanistan. bold words were delivered by president obama's new defense secretary, leon panetta. he said about al qaeda, i think we have them on the run. and that victory is, quote, within reach. ababs david kerley is in washington. >> reporter: having succeeded after nine, long years in the hunt for osama bin laden, the new defense secretary boldly says the u.s. is on the verge of defeating al qaeda. >> i think we have them on the run. >> reporter: but speaking to reporters on his way to afghanistan, panetta said timing is critital. >> i think now is the moment to put maximum pressure on them because i do believe that if we continue this effort, that we can really cripple al qaeda, as a threat to this country. >> reporter: here's why. with the killing of bin laden, u.s. forces recovered a treasure trove of intelligence. panetta revealed today they have been able to identify 10 to 120 al qaeda leaders who are based in 4 countries. >> if we can go after them, i think we really can strategically defeat al qaeda. >> reporter:
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